Happy 40th Year Anniversary to MHIF!

January 27, 2022

The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation is celebrating 40 Years (4 decades!) of world-class, cardiovascular research and education! We are excited to put our work into perspective and will be highlighting how our impact has been accelerating throughout the year!

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MHIF in Numbers, from 1982 to Today:

MHIF in Numbers, from 1982 to Today

MHIF Today:

2021 was a strong year, despite the pandemic. In fact, we activated more studies in 2021 than that we have in any other year… for the second consecutive year! Our research also continues to cross all practice areas of cardiovascular medicine and care.

Thanks to support from our donors, patients, physicians, staff and community, look what we accomplished in 2021:


To kick off our exciting 40-year anniversary, we want to remind you of how this all began. Dr. Robert Van Tassel is one of the founding physicians of MHIF and he has an important mantra that inspires our team to strive, every day, to fulfill our vision of creating a world without heart and vascular disease.

“You can’t think big enough.”

Robert Van Tassel, MD, Cardiologist and MHIF Founding Physician

The history of MHIF starts with our founders, and you can learn more about the commitment established for this organization all the way back in 1982:


Learn more about our Founders


Celebrating 40 Patients Whose Lives Were Impacted By Research

Throughout this year, we hope to inspire you through the examples of impact that the MHIF mission has had on the lives of patients with cardiovascular conditions around the world. Check back for more patient stories each month:



Join Us for an Upcoming Event

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Hope, Health & Humor 2022

Date: 08-24-2022About the Event:

Gather with women from different backgrounds, including community leaders, business owners, patients, physicians and artists. Together, we will learn more about heart and vascular disease in women in our community. Proceeds support the Penny Anderson Women’s Cardiovascular Center.

Qunicy Hall, 1325 St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Hope, Health & Humor

Heart 360: Concert for World Class Heart Research

Date: 09-24-2022About the Event:

We hope you'll join us on Saturday, September 24 for the inaugural Heart 360 Concert featuring special guest Harry Connick Jr. and his band at the Minneapolis Armory! This will be an event you won't want to miss, and your sponsorship will help the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation continue to move world-class cardiovascular research and education forward and honor frontline workers who helped carry us through the pandemic.

Heart 360
Saturday, September 24, 2022
The Armory, Minneapolis

Doors Open: 7:30 pm
Concert Begins: 8:15 pm
(no opening act) 

Join Us at Heart 360

The Armory, 500 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Heart 360

2022 Riebe Run

Date: 10-08-2022About the Event:

Join us in honoring life and improving heart health for people everywhere!

French Regional Park, 12605 Rockford Rd, Plymouth, MN 55441
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TMVR Interactive Workshop #5

Date: 10-08-2022About the Event:

In partnership with Pie Medical Imaging®, we are offering our fifth interactive, hands-on physician-led training workshop focused on increasing the competence in CT planning for transcatheter mitral valve interventions. These include valve-in-valve transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR), Valve in Ring and valve in mitral annular calcification planning. In addition to state-of-the-art lectures, participants will learn interactively, how to perform all the necessary steps in the planning and follow-up for these procedures.

An attendee capacity limit of 50 will allow for personalized instruction and ample time for questions and instructor guidance.

Location: Online via Zoom

Complex Cardiovascular Imaging: Education for Technologists, Technicians and Nurses

Date: 10-15-2022About the Event:

Imaging for individuals with cardiovascular disease has continued to advance and grow in complexity. The field of cardiovascular imaging with cardiac CT angiography, cardiac MR, nuclear cardiology/PET and echocardiography has evolved into giving health care providers less invasive testing options to diagnose patients with cardiovascular disease. Multi-modality educational opportunities are limited in this rapidly changing field due to the small numbers of trained cardiac imaging technologists and support staff. 

Educational content will focus on ordering the correct imaging for each patient especially in the areas of structural heart disease, heart failure, coronary flow and more. Participants will learn from industry-leading cardiovascular imaging physicians, clinicians and technologists who will present the most current principles, techniques, risks and limitations of different cardiovascular imaging modalities. 

Location: This is a virtual event facilitated through Zoom webinar
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